The last few weeks I have been knocking some dust off my 2004 album 'Tabula Rasa'.
The reason is, that I've decided to put it on iTunes just like 'Constructions'.
When it was released in 2004 I just wanted it out of the way, as I was already working on 'Constructions'. Hence I rushed it. There were parts which was intended for acoustic guitar or mandolin that was just played on keyboard, because it was easier. With 'Constructions' finished more than a year ago and 'Tabula Rasa' about to go online, I thought it was time to do the rushed bits properly.
All six parts of 'Tabula Rasa' was reworked for the digital download. Most significant are the changes applied to parts 2 and 5, while the changes to part 4 are only subtle.
Two days ago I went to see Klaus Schønning in his studio. He had done an entire new ending for part 2. This session also marked the compleasion of the reworking.
Yesterday the master was send to my distributor.
The rest of it is out of my hands, but soon it'll be on 60 different online stores around the world...
One of my hearts friends, Liz Cook has been featured on Hungarian MTV. Together with her husband she runs a gallery in Berlin. I am not as familiar with visual genres as with musical, so I honestly don't know how to explain the gallery's profile. Better watch for yourself: here
It is a tricky question, and I haven't found an answer yet. The what part is the easy one. I am a composer of weird songs, occational video director and from time to time sound engineer. Unpaid or underpaid, of course.
The why is a lot harder.
To be honest, I don't know why. But I can think of a few reasons:
1) I can't help it
2) to earn a dime doing something fun
3) to work with people I like
The first one is a clichee, but it might be true.
The second one is a laugh, because I have never earned enough to pay my bills.
The third one is sympathetic, but not necessarily true. I have worked with a lot of people I liked, but also with people I've disliked. Sometimes the result has been the same.
This takes me back to reason one again. Is this reason enough? I don't know, and from time to time I seriously think about selling the equipment and just quit.
Will I be able to do this? I don't know. I just might...